The Gist

Nukes and Crannies

President Trump likes to bluster. But when will North Korea see that as more than talk, and react accordingly?

An undated, unverified picture released by North Korea official Korean Central News Agency on Sept. 16 shows a launching drill at an undisclosed location.

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On The Gist, the press is too squeamish to clarify that “shithouse” isn’t much better than “shithole.”

In the interview, more on fire and fury—nuclear fire, rhetorical fury, and the consequences of both. Jeffrey Lewis and Aaron Stein, hosts of Arms Control Wonk, assess the Trump administration’s tough talk on North Korea and the danger of a South Korea that decides to take matters into its own hands.

In the Spiel, Aziz Ansari isn’t blameless, but he doesn’t deserve a total destruction of his career, either.

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